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Monday. That is all from the

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Hello and welcome to Midlands Today. The headlines tonight:

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A murder inquiry is launched and two people arrested after a Coventry

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toddler dies in hospital. It always upsets me to see what a terrible

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world we are living in, and to think it is so close to home.

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Also tonight, late arrival. Birmingham's newest shopping

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destination at New Street Station is delayed. We'll be live inside the

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site. Meanwhile outside, why drivers are

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being hit with a ?60 fine for trying to get to the old station entrance.

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Why are there signs that say, no access to New Street Station right

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here? Cars need to know to do U`turn now.

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"We will remember them" ` one veteran's despair at ignorance about

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the war among a younger generation. How life in the city inspired the

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Birmingham artist dubbed the modern`day Lowry.

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And you would never know there is something big brewing for the

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weekend after such a deceptively quiet day. Hear all about it in just

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a while. Good evening. Police have launched a

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murder inquiry after the death of a toddler from Coventry. The

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two`year`old boy died in hospital from serious head injuries on

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Tuesday. Two people have been arrested, as Giles Latcham reports.

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A tribute left by a neighbour for a little boy nobody seems to know. An

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ambulance was called to this street in the Stoke area at lunchtime on

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Monday to take the two`year`old to University Hospital. He had head

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injuries so serious he was quickly transferred to Birmingham Children's

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Hospital, where he died 24 hours later. In an area still grieving for

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Daniel Pelka, murdered by his mother and stepfather, the death of another

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young child has shocked locals. To think... It is just five minutes up

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the street. I can't believe... I just feel... I feel for the family

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that is left. It is just totally disgusting what goes on with kids

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these days. It is heart rendering. As a mother, you would feel... You

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know, it is very sad. Police say they arrested a 21`year`old man in

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the early hours of Tuesday morning and that was while the boy was still

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alive. Following his death on Tuesday lunchtime, they arrested a

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25`year`old woman. Both are in custody being questioned on

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suspicion of murder. The postmortem examination failed to identify a

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cause of death. Further tests are being carried out.

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And Giles is in Coventry for us this evening. Have you found anyone who

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knew the family? Very few people seem to have had much to do with the

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family at all in this area in North Coventry. It is a very mixed area

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with a lot of tenancy properties and a lot of arrivals from Eastern

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Europe and other parts of the world. I did speak to one resident

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who was reluctant to go on camera, but he said that back in July, he

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heard shouting from the property and a child crying. He did call the

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police, who did attend. It also seems the Fire Service were called

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to this address twice this year. The mother apparently had locked herself

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out with the child locked inside. Coventry City Council have released

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a statement in which they say they are very saddened by the death of

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this child but they say they did not know of this child. Social services

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staff had no knowledge of him. Forensics officers are inside the

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property this evening and the mother and father are being questioned by

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police. Coming up later in the programme,

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how an award`winning textile firm founded by a wartime refugee is

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being brought back to life in Stratford.

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It's one of Europe's most complex civil engineering projects, but

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Birmingham's latest shopping destination at New Street Station

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won't now be open in time for Christmas 2014. Grand Central, which

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includes a John Lewis store, will now open in 2015 ` at the same time

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as the rest of the re`developed station. We'll be live inside the

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site in a few minutes. But first, the construction means hundreds of

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motorists affected by changes to the road layout around the train station

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are facing fines of ?60 for driving along a restricted bus and taxi

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route. They're accusing the City Council of failing to warn them of

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changes and leaving them with no safe alternative, as Ben Godfrey

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reports. There's one, there's another, and

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another. Well, that is the fifth car inside five minutes that has gone

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down the bus and taxi lane. Confusion reigns on Smallbrook

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Queensway in Birmingham, and here's why. The old entrance to New Street

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Station has been coned off for building work. When drivers realise,

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they claim it's too late to turn around, and too dangerous, so they

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have to head straight along the restricted bus route. This is Shane

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Walker's first ever fine. He's appealing the ?60 charge. I was

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wanting to drop a college for New Street Station, giving him a lift,

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but how do you make a U`turn if you are in the left`hand lane with these

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two lanes? How do you turn around to go back? We did find one earlier

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opportunity for a U`turn but the size and added sticky tape on signs

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is causing confusion. In a statement, the City Council said

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signs were introduced in April informing motorists to turn left off

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Smallbrook Queensway onto Hill Street to approach the train

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station. Let's test this out. So, the advice is to turn left onto your

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street and not go straight on. I'm looking now and I can't see any

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clear diversion signs. Why aren't there signs that say" no access to

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New Street Station" right here? Taxi drivers have also had problems. Is

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as buses and taxis ten yards further down. `` the sign says buses and

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taxis. Tonight, the City Council wouldn't reveal how many motorists

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are being pursued for ?60 fines but said the penalty can be appealed.

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80% of the shops and restaurant areas in Birmingham's newest

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shopping centre above the city's New Street railway station have been let

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and some of them are moving outside London for the first time. Our

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business correspondent, Peter Plisner, has been given exclusive

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access to the site. Construction work on the New Street

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development continuing today, with work on a new car park. And here's a

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time`lapse movie of the John Lewis building going up over the last few

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months. But despite the rapid progress, the sheer weight of work

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that still needs to be done has meant a delay the opening of the new

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shopping centre and the John Lewis. Well, we have worked very closely

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with our partners in the Grand Central scheme and the funders of

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the project have agreed the opening date. It actually offers the best of

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what will be a really stunning product and a stunning station and a

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shopping centre. Grand Central was due replace the old Pallesades

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shopping centre late next year. But shoppers will now have to wait until

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the spring of 2015. In a statement, the John Lewis MD Andy Street said:

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We understand and support the decision. Shopping is obviously an

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important part of the local economy and it is very important for

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tourism. Quite a percentage of the money they spend is shopping, so I

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think it is worth waiting for. Over here, you can see the construction

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of the atrium, which will be the focus of the centre, meaning

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daylight flooding into the area. This will be completed in six weeks

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time and we then go on to the fabric structure for the roof itself to

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make the area watertight. We start the demolition of the concrete

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slabs, the Route slabs, in the early part of the New Year, which means

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taking away about 9000 cubic metres of concrete. Down below, this is

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what used to be the old concourse, once packed with passengers, now an

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underground construction site. Remember the old escalators to the

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shops? They're now long gone. This is what the same area looked like

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today. But the demolision here has taken longer because of aspestos. We

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were expecting some elements of asbestos in construction in the 60s

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so we did expect some but there is more than we anticipated. Not

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surprising, then, that the opening of Grand Central has now been

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delayed, but with some big`name stores and restaurants already

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signed up, most admit that it should be worth waiting for.

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And Peter joins us now from inside the John Lewis building. Peter, what

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are the big names that are going to be in the new centre? Well, John

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Lewis is the biggest name announced so far. You can see the escalators

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are already installed in the store. This will be handed over to John

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Lewis to fit out early next year. The White Company is another one.

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Another big`name, To half restaurant coming in. `` Giraffe. It is going

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to prove a popular destination for many shops. But is there not a

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danger it could suck the life out of the city centre, leaving more shops

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empty? Yes, we did see a lot of shops closing but since then, some

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have moved back out and opened additional stores. But there are

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strong rumours that the Pavilion Shopping Centre will be turned into

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a massive prime arc. That could revitalise the city centre as well.

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So, a lot to happen in Birmingham over the next couple of years. Thank

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you. Bosses at Dudley Council say they're

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going to have to save ?32 million more than they thought by 2017. They

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originally planned for ?26 million but now the total will be nearer 60,

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putting more than 300 jobs at risk. Meanwhile, Herefordshire Council has

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today launched a public consultation exercise on its plans to save ?15

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million by 2015. A man who carried out random knife

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attacks at a nightclub has been jailed for 26 years. He stabbed

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three men inside the club in separate attacks. He pleaded guilty

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to assault and possession of an offensive weapon.

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The Sutton Coldfield MP Andrew Mitchell has welcomed the apology

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from three chief constables whose officers have been caught up in the

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plebgate scandal. Three officers from Warwickshire, West Mercia and

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West Midlands Police were accused of giving a misleading account of their

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private meeting with the MP after he was alleged to have called officers

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in Downing Street plebs. I'm obviously very grateful to the three

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chief constables for the apology which they have given to me and my

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family. And, as they have requested, I will be meeting with

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them in due course. An award`winning textile firm is

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about to come back to life creating new jobs. It was founded by Tibor

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Reich, who fled Hungary just before the outbreak of the Second World

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War. He set up shop in Stratford`upon`Avon and now his

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grandson is about to get the business going again Joanne Writtle

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reports. This man ran his iconic textile

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design house here at Clifford Mill in Stratford`upon`Avon in the 1950s

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and 60s, taking photographs outdoors which inspired his fabric designs.

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The loveliness of nature lies where you find it, in every river and

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every tree. The Millwood sold in the 1970s and is now used as offices and

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apartments, but he famously said nature designs best and liked to use

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the outdoors in Warwickshire and the Cotswolds for ideas for his fabric

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designs. 35 years after the business closed, his grandson and some are

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relaunching it. 1950s was the birth of British modernism. Designs were

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so instrumental in bringing about what we now see as contemporary

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design. The Hungarian designed fabrics for many businesses,

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including Concorde, becoming a leading textile designer. This was

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designed and used in the QE2 in the 1950s. And this was presented to

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Princess Elizabeth for her wedding present. The new business will run

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from here. When it was built, it had a lot of press coverage and

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particularly the fireplace, which was based on an onion. Journalists

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picked up on the fact that they either love it or hated it. The

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Cotswolds was home to the former Gordon Russell furniture factory.

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Now an exhibition features the work and that of other leading designers.

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Something have all is not `` admired is the infectious enthusiasm for

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what they are doing. In the world of design, you really have to believe

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in what you are doing. And, boy, did that come through! And back in

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Stratford, the family are just as passionate about their new venture,

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relaunching their family's iconic designs in the Midlands.

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Our top story, a murder inquiry is launched and two people arrested

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after a Coventry toddler dies in hospital.

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Shefali will have the detailed weather forecast shortly.

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Also ahead, international football glamour comes to Shropshire and

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Staffordshire. Telford and Burton`upon`Trent to host Under 17s

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women's matches next month. And street scenes and childhood

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memories ` the Midlands artist dubbed a modern`day Lowry.

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If you have a story you think we should be covering on Midlands

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Today, we'd like to hear from you. Over the next few weeks, around 40

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million poppies will be sold across the country in support of

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ex`servicemen and women. And in Rugby this morning, former soldiers

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and dignitaries joined with schoolchildren to mark the official

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launch of the Warwickshire, Coventry and Solihull appeal. Our reporter

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Sarah Falkland is at the Peace Garden in Birmingham tonight. So,

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Sarah, how important is the Poppy Appeal here in the Midlands?

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Well, it is crucial. When you think that the British Legion supports

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thousands of ex`servicemen and women in the region alone. It is their

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biggest fundraiser. This year, what is release special is that there

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will be a Birmingham Poppy Day. London have done this for some time.

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`` what is really special. In London, they raised ?8,000 in one

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day and they hope to replicate that in Birmingham. I was at the launch

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of the Coventry, Warwickshrie and Solihull appeal in Rugby this

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morning. As the Lord Lieutenant of

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Warwickshire said, "whoever ordered the weather ` very well done!" And

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if the autumnal sunshine wasn't enough to lift spirits in Rugby's

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Caldecott Park, there was the Lawrence Sheriff Grammar School

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Choir. Only for 96`year`old Harry Walker,

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there wasn't much to smile about in occupied Europe. Eyes shall not

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weary them, nor the years condemn, with the going down of the sun and

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in the morning, we will remember them. And that brings a lump in your

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throat. It really does. As a Battery Sergeant Major with the artillery,

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he came to the fighting fields late on. Even now, he won't speak of the

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horrors he saw. But he's disturbed by what he sees as an ignorance

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about the two big wars among today's youth. They don't know the reason

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why thousands of soldiers got killed. And that troubles me. The

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target is to raise ?37,000,000... Donations were down last year for

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the first time. They put it down to it being their 90th anniversary.

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Even so, the total raised here was ?3.9 million in the Midlands. That's

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partly down to dedicated fund`raising of the British Legion

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riders, many of them ex servicemen. There really should not be a need

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for The Royal British Legion. The country should look after the guys

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and gals who come back. But, as it is, it is donations, isn't it? And

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it is the public to give us those donations. William. `` brilliant.

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Harry Walker is still married to his beloved wife, still driving a car,

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still walking. He's never asked for support from the legion. He's too

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busy helping out. So, poppies available from now right

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up until November the 11th, which is, of course, Armistice Day, and

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Birmingham's first Poppy Day will be the 5th of November. A date for your

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diary. It's one of the most important

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tournaments in the development of women's football across Europe. And

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this year, it's coming to Staffordshire and Shropshire. The FA

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hope the Under 17 Championships will also strengthen the England team of

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the future, as Nick Clitheroe reports.

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It had everything you would expect a major tournament draw to have but we

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weren't at UEFA HQ in Switzerland. Because European football's elite

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had moved to Burton town hall for the launch of the women's under 17

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Championships. Staging this championship is a great coup for the

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Midlands. It is the first time it has ever taken place outside their

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headquarters in Switzerland. It is a great chance to show UEFA we are

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capable of putting on such a tournament and that will help us

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because it will help us in years to come to attract further tournaments.

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Burton Albion will host 12 matches. The honour of hosting the opening

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game falls to Telford United. We have hosted international games

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before but never a tournament, so this is a first for us. The

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organisers hope the tournament will get more girls involved in football.

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Schools will be given free tickets. It is really good to have the

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tournament here because the young girls and boys in the community will

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have a great chance to watch some of these young talents and possible

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stars of the future. But at this primary School in Burton, enthusiasm

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is overwhelming. Irony enjoyed it and I think I've got better after

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today. `` I really enjoy it. England want to win the tournament, of

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course, but it is also about guaranteeing a bright future for the

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women's team. An archaeological dig has started at

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a Shropshire beauty spot to try to uncover more about the town's

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industrial past. Volunteers are excavating a site where workers

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cottages once stood in Telford Park, as Bob Hockenhull reports.

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What lies beneath this corner of Telford town park? This team of

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archaeologists want to unlock secrets of the town's industrial

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past. They are excavating the site where six 19th`century stone

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cottages stood until the 1960s. This site itself is very interesting

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because the houses were pretty much completely demolished, so there is

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no evidence of it on the surface. So we don't know exactly where Stone

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Grove is, which is why we have taken the approach of putting in a series

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of test pits. But the houses were laid out in the medieval period so

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if we find evidence, we are looking at preindustrial Telford, and that

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is opening up the story even more for the town clerk. Today, the park

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is an oasis away from the hustle and bustle of a busy town, but it was

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once a vast industrial area. There were tramlines and factories. This

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chimney is what is left of the Ironworks, which was once the second

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biggest producer of iron in the country. The residents may have

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worked here and it is a great example of the park's industrial

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heritage. Volunteers are helping with the lottery funded it, which

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will last until Sunday. I think Telford has this common perception

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that it started in the 60s, but actually there were communities and

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buildings well before that. So I think a lot of people will be

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interested to see what is here. People don't realise those trees

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might hide something interesting. But what it also means is a lot of

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digging and mud and getting cold and wet! One find today, this worked

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flint, which could be historical. After 16 years of professional

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painting, Birmingham artist Paul Horton is making his debut in a

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museum. The contemporary artist has gone back to Birmingham Museum and

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Art Gallery to showcase 80 new paintings and he's given our arts

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reporter, Satnam Rana, a guided tour of his work.

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Each picture tells a story. A story left our imagination. But each

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picture is a reflection of Paul Horton's growing up in Birmingham. I

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think it made me feel was a person with the values that go along with

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the work, and I think it is to show your formative years through your

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artwork and the journey that you then go on and it has become release

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significant to me and resonates with people from a similar background. It

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has taken two years to create 80 original works at this museum and it

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is here where Paul fell in love with art. From an early age, I was lucky

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enough to have a lot teacher who gave me support and described me,

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one eye was 13, as drawing like a Pre`Raphaelite, which simply here to

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the gallery for me to study and be inspired by these wonderful

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creators. Now his pastoral and charcoal work is a signature

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technique but his characters are borne out of a visit to the now

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closed puppet Theatre at the Midlands arts Centre in 1986. I felt

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it was like a lost world and I wanted to breed `` breathe life into

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it. What does he make of being compared to Lowry? Well, as soon as

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the limited edition prints went out across the UK, the public said, he

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is like a modern day Lowry. He is the most popular of all British

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artist and I feel extremely proud that they compare my work to his.

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But over the last 16 years, Paul has developed his own distinctive

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style. The exhibition is a celebration of this, which runs

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until Sunday and is Paul's way of giving something back to his home

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city and its people. Really striking.

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A glorious autumn day. You warned us of something big brewing. I am

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worried! You should be. I don't think we will

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see a repeat of today's weather. You can take it from me that today has

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really been the calm before the storm. Now, from the pressure

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chart, that tells the story quite graphically. It is not short on

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drama. We have all of these weather fronts piling in one after the

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other, the first of which comes in tonight, and the others, which

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coming over the weekend. The weekend is looking like this. We start off

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on a dry note on Saturday and quite bright as well, but then it starts

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to turn very wet and and everything goes downhill. Sunshine on Sunday

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but the wind will strengthen and the windiest period of all is going to

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be the early hours of Monday morning in too much of Monday. The Met

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Office is warning of potentially damaging winds coupled with heavy

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rain, which could lead to localised flooding. Back to this evening, and

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we start with lots of dry weather but plenty of cloud. This is all

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thickening up from the south`west ahead of that very active system

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coming up from that direction. This will arrive during the early hours

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and stretch right through, so a wet and windy end the night with gusts

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of 40 to 50 miles an hour, with temperatures at 11 or 12. That will

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be double last night's values, so a much milder night, even though it is

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wet and windy. The rain will scoot along quite quickly so by the end of

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the morning things should be clearing, so by the afternoon, and

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much drier picture across all parts. There will be plenty of sunshine and

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if you are in the shot of the wind, which, again, will be quite strong,

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it should feel mild. `` the shelter. A much drier picture tomorrow

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afternoon and evening, but over the weekend, turning nasty.

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Tonight's headlines from the BBC. The Portuguese police re`open their

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investigation into the disappearance of Madeleine McCann.

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One in four hospitals in England is in danger of providing poor care to

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patients, so says the watchdog. A murder inquiry is launched and two

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people arrested after a Coventry toddler dies in hospital.

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And car fine confusion ` drivers landed with a

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That was the Midlands Today. I'll be back at 10pm, when we'll hear an

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emotional appeal from the mother of a man shot dead outside a Birmingham

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night club. Goodbye.

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